Watch beachgoers rush to save a stranded great white shark rather than run away screaming.

He doesn't look so scary like this.

Earlier this week, a young great white shark was spotted on a beach in Cape Cod. Literally. On the beach.

Witnesses say he was trying to catch some seagulls loafing around in the surf when suddenly he found himself stuck upside down on the sand.

A normal human reaction to this might be to casually move your umbrella a bit farther down the beach and, of course, never, ever go swimming at that beach again.


But the swimmers in Cape Cod that day decided to do more.

Bystanders decided to try to keep the shark alive until help arrived.

With sandcastle buckets and whatever else they could find, they tossed water on the helpless shark to keep him wet.

Once experts got there, they kept hydrating the shark until they could tow it back to the water. GIFs from Mike Bartel/YouTube.

If you're like me the first time I watched this rescue, you might be wondering why someone didn't just pick the shark up and toss him back in the water. You know, besides the high likelihood of losing a hand in the process.

Well, they say the stranded shark was over 6 feet long, which, based on the known size of the average adult great white, means this little guy probably weighed somewhere between 500 and 1,000 pounds.

So, buckets of water it was.

It took over an hour for harbormaster Stuart Smith and local shark expert Gregory Skomal to arrive on the scene.

From there, they were able to tie a pulley to the shark and drag him back into the water via motorboat, where they then tagged him for tracking.

Wheeeeeeeeee!

The shark had a little trouble rolling back onto his belly and swimming away, but with a bit of assistance and a VIP boat ride back out to deeper water, rescuers eventually sent him on his way.

Back to open waters, my friend.

The shark survived, thanks to quick-thinking bystanders who didn't let their fear of sharks get in the way of doing the right thing.

It's a little jarring to see such a powerful creature like this great white lying on his back, entirely helpless. But it's worth remembering: Even though the thought of sharks like this swimming on a beach alongside hundreds or thousands of swimmers is terrifying, shark attacks really aren't all that common.

In fact, between 1876 and 2013, there were fewer than 300 total confirmed shark attacks in the entire world, with less than half of those being fatal.

After all, this shark was only after seagulls. Not swimmers.

And now he gets a second chance at snagging a tasty, feathered meal. And many more to come.


Most Shared
Courtesy of Houseplant.

In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture

Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

Keep Reading Show less
Nature
via James Anderson

Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

Keep Reading Show less
Heroes

I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

Keep Reading Show less
popular